Lanesborough – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D – Pittsfield) and State Representative Denis E. Guyer (D – Dalton) announced today that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has chosen the Town of Lanesborough to receive an Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant in the amount of $2,625.
The Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant program, administered by the Department’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, awards 50-50 matching grants to municipalities and non-profit groups in Massachusetts communities of all sizes for the purpose of building local capacity for excellent urban and community forestry at the local and regional levels. For the purposes of this grant program, the term “Urban and Community Forestry” refers to the professional management (planting, protection and maintenance) of a municipality's public tree resources in partnership with residents and community institutions.
This year, DCR received $59,597 in federal Farm Bill funds and $19,359 in generous private donations to the Mass ReLeaf Trust Fund, which has permitted the Department to award a total of $78,956 in grant assistance to nine communities across the Commonwealth.
Lanesborough will use their grant funds to plant eleven trees along the Route 7 corridor of the town.
“Healthy trees improve the environment and enhance the livability of our communities,” said Downing. “I look forward to watching these eleven new trees grow and flourish in Lanesborough.”
“I’m proud to support the Town of Lanesborough’s efforts to maintain the green-space on the Route 7 corridor,” Guyer said.